Washington State has, by law, Standards of Practice that EVERY home inspector MUST follow by law. I have highlighted the top 10 failures of many home inspectors. They either do not do or do not complete. Look at their sample reports to see if these have been included. If not, can you trust them to do a thorough job on your home?

Number One:

Failing to provide a copy of the home preinspection agreement prior to the inspection. An inspector may say that they do not want to alarm the client, another may say that it takes too much time to answer questions. They are breaking the law and losing their credibility.

Number Two:

Other inspectors do not fully “Enter and Traverse” the crawlspace and/or attic. Some inspectors just peek their head in and look, others just go in a short way and look. Traversing means an inspector goes in and walks/crawls as much of the space as possible. If they don’t important things will be missed.

Number Three:

They do not report any wood rot or pest-conducive conditions. One inspector told me that only Structural Pest Inspectors could do that. They either did not read the SOP or choose to ignore it. Could you trust this inspector?

Number Four:

NOT “Traversing the roof to inspect it.” Some inspectors are afraid of heights or too lazy to walk the entire roof.

Number Five:

Whether or not the water temperature was tested and state that the generally accepted safe water temperature is one hundred and twenty degrees Fahrenheit.

Number Six:

Almost all other "professional" inspectors fail to mention missing AFCI outlet protection devices and that current standards include recommending these be installed.

Number Seven:

NOT measuring and recording the temperature differential of the air conditioning system.

Number Eight:

Failure to report that baluster spacing exceeds 4 inches. This is a critical safety concern for small children. Many inspectors do not want to explicitly state any exact measurements.

Number Nine:

Many inspectors fail to mention problems with the fire separation wall in the garage adjacent to livable rooms of the house. This is a severe safety problem that could burn the house down.

Number Ten:

Failure to report that an electric water heater is fire hazard in a garage if it is not 18 inches or more off the floor.


Educate Yourself!

Check out the Washington State Standards of Practice website.

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